How to Describe Coffee: Advice From Amoretti Premium Syrup Gurus
Many of us on the team at Amoretti knew we liked coffee for years before we ever learned how to properly describe it. Have you ever taken a sip from a cup of coffee, and exclaimed, “You have to try this! It’s so… so… fresh?”
If so, you know that describing the specific qualities of coffee is no easy chore. Take it from us! We had to learn a lot of the finer details about coffee – and the language that’s used to describe coffee – in order to produce the world’s best premium syrups. After all, how good can coffee syrups be if they’re made by people who can’t even describe coffee?
Here’s your basic lexicon that professional coffee tasters use…
Acidity: Acidity refers to how quickly the taste of the coffee “burns off” your tongue. Coffee with a really high acidity doesn’t leave a lingering taste in your mouth. Also, you taste and feel the coffee on the tip and sides of your tongue. Higher acidity coffees are usually from the Latin America region or Africa, and they have a crisp, tangy taste to them. Coffee with lower acidity is more commonly found in the Indonesian region. They’re smooth and lingering.
Aroma: Aroma is used to describe what you smell as you taste the coffee. This is not necessarily the same as what you taste while drinking the coffee. Common aromas descriptions include: nutty, floral, and earthy. Properly identifying these aromas takes lots of practice.
Body: Body describes the weight of the coffee on your tongue. This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with how dark or light the roast of the coffee is. Rather, body describes the mouthfeel, the weight of the coffee. Does it sit on your tongue like ice cream, or wash over it like water?
Flavor: Flavor is, of course, the most complicated and challenging category – even for the coffee syrup professionals here at Amoretti. Some coffees taste very earthy and woody, while others can have an herbal or citrus taste to them. Some are spicy, others are smoky. The list goes on! Ask local baristas how they would describe the coffee you’re drinking, and look to them for help in describing the flavor!
Make sure you have some delicious Amoretti Premium Syrups on hand to add unique flavor to your coffee.